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    Tuesday
    Nov092010

    rather laugh with the sinners

    9x12" loose art journal page, watercolor paper

    this is the background, still wet!

    Here's the recipe for the background: draw lines in pen, watercolor each square, mist with a spray mister of water, let it run together and let dry fully (under heavy books so it doesn't warp). To clarify, I put a piece of parchment paper on top of the art journal page and then place a bunch of books on top. I might let pages go an hour or so then press overnight (even for a few days). And I keep the parchment in between pages for a few months. Just depends on humidity and if they are sticky still! For watercolors, I just put parchment on the page and keep it under a book until dry and ensure it's not warped. Let me know if that makes sense!

    Bonus brush work practice!

    You might say that this is a lot of work just to create a background that barely shows up - why not just paint squares around the edges? Well certainly you could! When I do backgrounds, I rarely have the page planned out, so I just play. It is the playing, the process, right? So if it's the play not the outcome then it's OK to get into your backgrounds and even cover them up!

    {NaNoJouMo #9 2010}

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    Reader Comments (9)

    This page is extrodinary! I love it!!!

    11.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Kasstle

    Brian, Thanks!!!

    11.9.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

    When you weight it with books to dry, do you wait till it is mostly dry to do so? Or do you put something between the painting and the book to protect the book?

    11.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffani

    Tiffani, I updated the post to add that I put a piece of parchment paper on top of the art journal page and then place a bunch of books on top. For grungy acrylics, I usually just go for it when I'm finished, not caring about smudges. I might let pages go an hour or so but then will press overnight (often for a few days). And I keep the parchment in between pages for a few months.

    ~ Tammy

    11.9.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

    Hand made backgrounds add sooooo much to a piece. It takes it from the ordinary to the extraordinary, in my opinion, and well worth the play time!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

    I love that background! This is one idea I definitely stealing!

    11.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Light

    ever so inspiring!!!

    I just adore the light in your photos.

    11.10.2010 | Unregistered Commenterdruga szesnascie

    Terri, I love creating backgrounds as much as I love finishing the pages with collage or journaling, I see it all as separate phases.

    Kelly, You'll find a lot of backgrounds where I post and describe in detail how to get the look. For those, please feel free to use the technique to create your own backgrounds.... the rest of the page of course, is yours to create as you wish.

    druga szesnascie, Thanks for visiting, my dear. The morning light has been coming at an odd angle across my back porch where I take photographs of my art. So it is kind of striped this week!

    Tammy

    11.10.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

    I love this idea and I'll try to do this nice background!
    Thank for sharing!
    Bianca (from Italy) who loves art journal but not yet made it!

    04.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

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